James Wilschke is the Executive Chef of Filifera, Hollywood’s highest rooftop bar and lounge, where he creates a menu of elevated bar snacks to pair with the expertly crafted cocktails, wine, and beer. Born and raised in Chicago by two chefs, Wilschke was exposed to cooking from a young age. While in high school, he worked every front-of-house restaurant job imaginable from bus boy, to bar back, to waiter, but hadn’t considered a career in the kitchen. Wilschke headed out to the West Coast in 2003 to pursue his passion for art and film, until he fell in love with the Los Angeles culinary landscape. In 2010, Wilschke graduated from Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and quickly immersed himself in the Southern California dining scene. He first cut his teeth in the kitchen at 320 Main in Seal Beach before assuming the role of Sous Chef at Sea Legs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach in 2012. Most recently, he was the Sous Chef of James Republic in Long Beach, specializing in local and sustainable cuisine. Outside of the kitchen, Wilschke is always hunting down the next best restaurant, and loves exploring Los Angeles on his skateboard.
McGuire Moorman Hospitality is developing Austin Proper’s two exciting restaurant concepts, two bars, a casual take out spot, in-room dining services and the hotel’s banquet programs. The 10-year-old hospitality & lifestyle company designs and operates some of Austin’s favorite restaurants including Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue, Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Clark’s Oyster Bar, the Josephine House, Jeffrey’s Restaurant & Bar and Junes All Day.
Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.